GSMA Launches Mobile and Development Intelligence Portal

GSMA Launches Mobile and Development Intelligence Portal

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GSMA Launches Mobile and Development Intelligence Portal PR Newswire LONDON, June 13, 2012 - New Initiative Provides Open Data for the Mobile Industry in the Developing World LONDON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA today launched the Mobile and Development Intelligence (MDI) project in conjunction with Omidyar Network the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Through an open access portal, MDI will offer data and analysis to support business decision-making and clarify the evidence of the socio- economic impact of the mobile industry in the developing world. MDI will provide any user with over 70 metrics and the ability to tabulate, graph, map and export the datasets with country-level dashboards available for more than 140 developing world countries. MDI will continually add new datasets throughout the project and users can add data and content to the portal. "The GSMA believes that open access to high-quality data will improve business decision-making, increase total investment from both the commercial mobile industry and the development sector, and amplify economic, environmental and social impact," said Chris Locke, Managing Director, GSMA Development Fund. "The GSMA is uniquely positioned to aggregate and host data and analysis on behalf of our mobile operator members and the wider industry.

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GSMA Launches Mobile and Development
Intelligence Portal
PR Newswire
LONDON, June 13, 2012
- New Initiative Provides Open Data for the Mobile Industry in the Developing
World
LONDON
,
June 13, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA today launched the Mobile
and Development Intelligence (MDI) project in conjunction with Omidyar
Network the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre
Omidyar. Through an open access portal, MDI will offer data and analysis to
support business decision-making and clarify the evidence of the socio-
economic impact of the mobile industry in the developing world. MDI will
provide any user with over 70 metrics and the ability to tabulate, graph, map
and export the datasets with country-level dashboards available for more than
140 developing world countries. MDI will continually add new datasets
throughout the project and users can add data and content to the portal.
"The GSMA believes that open access to high-quality data will improve business
decision-making, increase total investment from both the commercial mobile
industry and the development sector, and amplify economic, environmental
and social impact," said Chris Locke, Managing Director, GSMA Development
Fund. "The GSMA is uniquely positioned to aggregate and host data and
analysis on behalf of our mobile operator members and the wider industry. This
open data portal will provide for the first time a complete landscape of the
organisations and mobile services that are influencing and changing lives in
developing populations throughout the world."
"Omidyar Network is proud to partner with the GSMA on the MDI portal to help
foster a thriving mobile ecosystem in the developing world," said Raj Gollamudi,
director of investments, Omidyar Network. "Using the power and ubiquity of the
mobile platform to empower individuals with information and opportunities to
improve their lives is core to Omidyar Network's mission. We believe the mobile
industry in emerging markets needs a credible and trusted source of market
data to enable greater collaboration across various sectors and drive
incremental investments in the most promising opportunities. In addition to
becoming the industry's de-facto data platform, we envision MDI becoming a
vibrant community hub for all players in the ecosystem."
Rich Data Landscape
A challenge facing mobile industry stakeholders in the developing world is the
lack of publically available data and analysis to support their business decision
making. MDI will fill this information gap and will aggregate and host publically
available data from multiple sources such as the GSMA, the United Nations, the
World Bank, the wider mobile industry and development organisations.
MDI hosts a landscape of more than 800 organisation profiles; in addition, over
750 products and services have been summarised, with an initial focus on
mobile money and mobile health. Users can see these organisations, products
and services on a global map and search for particular types of organisations.
This will allow stakeholders to identify each other, understand each other's
offerings and objectives, and form collaborations and partnerships.
There are an estimated 6.6 billion mobile connections globally, with the
developing world providing the majority of global connections growth. The
industry is moving beyond basic voice to the use of mobile to deliver services in
adjacent sectors such as agriculture, education, financial services and health.
As the most widely adopted technology in history, mobile is uniquely positioned
to drive economic, environmental and social benefit. MDI will help increase this
momentum by providing a robust, data-rich, user-friendly and freely available
portal that offers a new level of global visibility.
Locke continued, "By helping to increase the level of investment and the
number of products and services offered that prove to be fundamentally
valuable to developing populations, MDI will have an impact on the livelihoods
of millions of people in the developing world."
Note to Editors:
MDI has also completed impact pathways for mobile money, mobile health and
women and mobile to find, categorise and present impact evidence.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has provided data and analysis support and global IT
consultancy ThoughtWorks has carried out platform development. For further
information and to become part of the community, please visit:
www.mobiledevelopmentintelligence.com.
The GSMA also provides a subscription based service covering global mobile
market metrics and analysis through Wireless Intelligence. For more
information go to www.wirelessintelligence.com.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning
more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile
operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment
providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations.
The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World
Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at
www.gsma.com or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile
communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com.